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Feb 3, 2014

Victims of boating accident in Crooked Tree need assistance

Last Friday, a tragic boat accident on the Crooked Tree Lagoon, involving two Coast Guard boats, claimed the life of twenty year old Benjamin Gentle Junior. Eight others, all high school students, were injured and rushed either to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk or the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City with varying degrees of injury. One of the coast guard boats crashed into the bow of the smaller boat, “Mi Sarita,” where Gentle Junior was standing. Gentle Junior received huge chop wounds to his shoulder, under his right arm and right side of his lower back. Since last October, residents were shuttled by boat out of the village because the causeway has been flooded. But since the accident, residents are now being transported by road, but for some of them it is all too dangerous. That aside, two victims of the accident are in desperate need of assistance. Fourteen year old Gabriel Mejia Junior, a student of Ladyville Technical High School received a massive cut wound to his leg and had to undergo immediate surgery. Today, he was scheduled to undergo yet another round of surgery and was in need of blood. His father made a public plea for help and it was not until late this evening that Mejia Junior was able to secure two pints of blood. Unfortunately, he could not undergo surgery because of a high fever he is experiencing. Another victim, Alita Garbutt, who is also admitted at the K.H.M.H., received a huge cut under one of her feet and she too is suffering from a high fever due to an infection. Her mother, Dorla Wade, as well as Mejia Senior say that help has not been forthcoming.

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Gabriel Mejia Sr.

Gabriel Mejia Sr., Father of Accident Victim

“Right now at this point in time, ih need some blood because ih have to go back ina surgery. Ih mi supposed to gone ina surgery from ten o’clock but we noh get the blood yet. The coast guard just come, dehn say dehn wah deal with the blood so I noh know if dehn done get through. I just hope that they get the blood because ih need fi go in.”

 

Duane Moody

“What are the doctors saying right now with regards to his condition?”

 

Gabriel Mejia Sr.

“Like I said, ih need fi go ina surgey and that dah weh I the base on right now, at this time.”

 

Duane Moody

“He had surgery on Friday right?”

 

Gabriel Mejia Sr.

“Yes, but now ih need fi go back again and his blood is low and ih can’t take the surgery if ih noh got the blood. I saw the wound personally and the wound is very deep—right down to ih bone. So dehn wah try work on it today again.”

 

Duane Moody

“After this surgery would he be able to walk?”

 

Gabriel Mejia Sr.

“Well at this time they are not sure as yet. Maybe on the next surgery they will know.”

 

Dorla Wade, Mother of Accident Victim

Dorla Wade

“So far she is okay; having a bit high fever but they are saying that it is caused from some infection.”

 

Duane Moody

“What injuries did she sustain?”

 

Dorla Wade

“A cut wound under her foot bottom and they claim that her foot is broke in three places.”

 

Duane Moody

“What are the doctors saying about her condition?”

 

Dorla Wade

“Well they say that she has an infection in the foot and that they will have to cast her, but they can’t until the room gets better.”

 

In the aftermath of the accident, Belize Rural North Area Representative, Edmond Castro, having spoken to the Prime Minister, assistance would be provided to the families.

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